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20
Mar
2012

Egypt: ‘Islamocracy’ under Military Rule

Will Egypt's Islamists accept the military as the country's source of power and authority? Since the beginning of the revolution against Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood has avoided any direct confrontation with the military and has repeatedly sought dialog with it. Indeed, since the Brotherhood is focused on domestic policy, it should have no intrinsic problem accepting the fact that the military will decide on matters of national security and foreign policy, at least initially. Read More »

5
Mar
2012

The New Egyptian Parliament Takes Aim at the Camp David Accords

The new Egyptian Parliament recently issued a statement undermining the 1979 peace accord. Read More »

2
Mar
2012

Heading for War between the Two Sudans?

Since South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011, there have been numerous clashes along their common border. Read More »

8
Feb
2012

The New PA-Hamas Agreement: Opening the Gates to the Trojan Horse

The Hamas leaders are trying to implement the strategy of the Arab Spring in the Palestinian arena.

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6
Feb
2012

Is the Wind Turning in Favor of Assad?

The Baba Amro district of Homs may now become the turning point in battle between opposition forces and Assad’s regime. Read More »

5
Feb
2012

A Year after the Revolution: Egypt and the U.S. Battle over Democracy

In a move former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime did not dare to make, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) ordered Egyptian soldiers and police to raid the offices of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Cairo on December 30, 2011. At least 17 U.S.-based and local groups receiving foreign funding were targeted, according to activists and Egyptian state media. Read More »

8
Jan
2012

Is Libya Disintegrating as a State?

Libyan national army have stepped up their presence in Tripoli, urging regional militias to join their forces. Read More »

18
Dec
2011

Is There an End in Sight to the Syrian Regime?

Events in Syria seem to have reached a stalemate. On the one hand, the regime is failing to quell the civilian rebellion against it, while on the other hand, the opposition to Bashar Assad cannot yet be seen as an […] Read More »

28
Nov
2011

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The Victory of the Islamist Justice and Development Party in Morocco

The Justice and Development Party (Hizb Al-Adala Wa At-tanmia), which is identified with the Muslim Brotherhood, has won the elections in Morocco held on 26 November 2011. The party won 107 of the 395 parliamentary seats. The party said in […] Read More »

22
Nov
2011

The “Free Syrian Army” Challenges Assad

The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the rebel force fighting Syria’s President Bashar Assad, has included “Raising the flag on Iwo Jima” – depicting the bravery of U.S. Marines in World War II – on its official Facebook page. This appears […] Read More »

6
Nov
2011

Tunisia: The Blossoming of a Pluralistic Society?

Nine months after the popular revolution that put an end to the authoritarian regime of Zine El Abdine Ben Ali, Tunisians voted for the first time in what appear to be free and fair elections, and the voter turnout was […] Read More »

26
Oct
2011

The Palestinian “Right of Return” Law Leaves No Room for Political Flexibility

In the long-standing debate regarding the Palestinian political strategy and the prospects of reaching a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some argue that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will ultimately relinquish its demand for the “ right of return ” […] Read More »

17
Oct
2011

America Discovers Iran in Its Own Backyard

The revelation last week by the Obama administration of a plot by Iran to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington opened the eyes of many Americans that the threat of Iran is on the southern doorstep of the United States. […] Read More »

3
Oct
2011

Will the Armed Forces Retain Power in Egypt?

n September 26, 2011, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, chose to walk the streets of Cairo without his trademark military attire. Read More »

25
Sep
2011

Iran Holds Major Air Defense Drill Amid Tensions with Turkey

On September 6-15, 2011, Iran held a four-stage major air defense drill. The exercise took place in the midst of escalating Iranian rhetoric towards Turkey as a result of Ankara’s decision to deploy a radar system in its territory that […] Read More »